Chicken Kiev: A Classic European Delight


Indulge in the timeless elegance of Chicken Kiev, a classic dish that has graced European dining tables for generations. This exquisite creation features a juicy chicken breast, ingeniously stuffed with a rich, herbed butter, then breaded and fried to achieve a crispy exterior with a meltingly tender and flavorful interior. It's a culinary masterpiece that combines simplicity and sophistication in every bite.


Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Chilling Time: 1 hour
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 chicken breast

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 450 kcal
  • Protein: 30g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fat: 28g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 600mg


  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless: 4 (about 800g or 1.76 pounds)
  • Unsalted butter: 100g (3.5 ounces)
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped: 30g (1 ounce)
  • Garlic, minced: 2 cloves (about 10g)
  • All-purpose flour: 100g (3.5 ounces)
  • Eggs, beaten: 2
  • Breadcrumbs: 200g (7 ounces)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare Herbed Butter: Mix butter with parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper. Shape into a log and freeze until firm.
  2. Stuff Chicken: Cut a pocket into each chicken breast. Insert a slice of herbed butter, then seal with toothpicks.
  3. Bread the Chicken: Coat each breast in flour, dip in beaten eggs, and then breadcrumbs. Chill for 1 hour.
  4. Fry: Heat oil in a pan. Fry chicken until golden and cooked through.
  5. Serve: Remove toothpicks, and serve hot.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Seal the Chicken Well: Ensure the chicken is sealed properly to prevent the butter from leaking out.
  • Chill Before Frying: Chilling helps the breading set and prevents it from falling off during frying.
  • Monitor Oil Temperature: Maintain a medium heat to cook the chicken thoroughly without burning the exterior.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I bake Chicken Kiev? 

Yes, it can be baked in an oven at 200°C (390°F) for about 20-25 minutes.

How to store leftovers? 

Keep in the refrigerator and reheat in the oven for the best texture.

Can I use different herbs? 

Absolutely! Experiment with herbs like dill or tarragon for a different flavor profile.